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Google’s online services are used by billions of people across the globe, it’s free online translation service happens to be very popular, so an error is not likely to go unnoticed.Google has now fixed what it says was an “automated” error which caused its online translation tool convert the words “Russian Federation” into Mordor, in case you’re not aware Mordor isn’t a real place, it’s a fictional dark territory from the Lord of the Rings series.

This wasn’t the only automated error that was noticed by users, the translation tool was also translating “Russians” to “occupiers,” while the name of Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov was translated as “sad little horse.”

Google has already said that this was due to an automated bug, users noticed this when they were converting the following words from Russian into Ukranian.

“Automatic translation is very difficult, as the meaning of words depends on the context in which they’re used. This means that not all translations are perfect, and there will sometimes be mistakes or mistranslations,” the online search giant explained, while adding that it has taken care of this automated bug.

In a statement released to the media Google has said that the translation tool works “without the intervention of human translators,” which means that this shouldn’t be seen as a prank that someone deliberately did just to have some fun at the Russians’ expense.

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